Its charm is determined by several factors – the warm colour, the structure, the grain. Wood is pleasant to the touch, and its use gives particular aesthetic values to the entire home. No wood-like veneer, even a good quality one, will be able to mimic this natural beauty.
Wood is a material capable of bringing elegance to interiors and guarantees high quality finishes.
PVC windows are made of polyvinyl chloride – a material characterized by a chlorine content that can reach 56%. In the event of a fire, plastic windows melt, releasing harmful substances - hydrochloric acid and chlorinated hydrocarbons. These substances are extremely corrosive, while the gases released from PVC during combustion pose a problem due to their toxicity. Many chlorinated hydrocarbons are made up of dangerous chemical bonds, used for the production of chemical weapons and insecticides. In the event of combustion, wood does not release equally toxic gases. Thanks to the impregnation, the windows maintain their bearing capacity until the glass breaks.
Man has been using wood as a building material for centuries. See where Venice is built. The fact that half of our relaxing walks are in the park is no coincidence. Wood ensures a favorable microclimate, absorbing excess humidity from the interior and "returning" it when needed.
Window manufacturing technology has changed significantly over the years. Currently the production is based on the use of the most modern equipment, capable of guaranteeing excellent and repeatable quality. The wood is protected from external agents by painting it with water-dilutable ecological paints.
Modern wooden window frames guarantee very good technical parameters. These characteristics are obtained thanks to particular construction solutions and the use of increasingly performing double glazing. The thermal transmittance of the entire window ensures a level of insulation worthy of passive building - a construction system devoted to maximum savings.
Obtaining wood and preparing it for production requires less energy than manufacturing with other materials. This results in a lower emission of pollutants and lower fuel consumption. Furthermore, during their growth period, trees absorb enormous quantities of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Each cubic meter of trees requires a ton of carbon dioxide to grow. Almost 100% of the wooden window can be recycled. The wood can be used as fuel or for the production of particle board. Glass and aluminum, once melted, can be reused for production purposes. Wood, even in the event of non-recycling, undergoes a natural biodegradation process. PVC, for example, is not biodegradable. Once placed in the environment, it remains there forever. Globally, less than 1% of PVC plastic materials go through recycling processes. One of the causes of the limited recycling is linked to the high presence of chlorine in this material (56%), as well as to the additives used for the production (e.g. petroleum). The recovery process of the material, in fact, is expensive and takes a long time. Therefore, PVC that is no longer used is abandoned in landfills, disappears on the seabed, is burned or pollutes the environment.
Windows with atypical shapes are more frequently made of wood, as this material ensures greater rigidity of the construction. Wooden windows characterized by atypical shapes, therefore, can have any size, with the only limits imposed by the availability of adequate double glazing on the market and by the resistance of the hardware. Furthermore, it must be remembered that the window is a product intended to function for decades. The wooden frame can be repainted several times, to adapt it to the colors of the interior and the facade. Furthermore, in the event of small damages and scratches, the wooden frame can be repaired easily and cheaply, while using other solutions the expense is quite different.
Ash/ Oak/ Chestnut
Swedish Pine/ Hemlock/ Douglas fir
Classic windows, due to the so-called thermal bridge near the windows, are unable to guarantee perfect thermal resistance, which in some applications, where excellent thermal insulation standards are required, could be considered a problem. To meet the need for high thermal insulation, aluminum windows with thermal break, also known as warm profiles, are made: the seal used in classic window frames does not guarantee the absence of air and water infiltration when the climatic conditions are adverse, detail when the windows are subjected to high pressure, the shutters of the windows tend to flex, thus creating a detachment from the gasket of the counterframe and thus generating infiltrations of air and possibly water. The thermal break windows make it possible to remedy the heat loss based on the principle of the interruption of the metal continuity, this is achieved by inserting particular materials with a lower thermal conductivity in the proximity of the internal room of the windows. The most common technique is the one that involves the infiltration of polyurethane foam. Therefore, by exploiting the principle of thermal break, aluminum windows with thermal break guarantee better insulation and allow for considerable energy savings compared to classic aluminum hardware. This technique also induces other intrinsic advantages such as better sound insulation.
If you want to further improve the thermal insulation, the thermal break technique must be combined with glass made with particular precautions. These particular glasses must not only maintain the characteristics of air chamber insulation but at the same time they must be of the low emission type so as to increase the thermal insulation performance. In order for this to be possible, the internal channel of the double glazing must contain materials capable of absorbing the humidity that is created internally between the two glasses, and consequently preventing internal condensation from forming, furthermore the edge must be sealed by using of hot glue. Inside the internal chamber, between the two glasses, normal air or argon gas can be inserted which further increases the thermal insulation.